Oregano Dressing and Chopped Salad

Sheila - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Oregano dressing





4 cloves garlic



2 tablespoons dried oregano





2 teaspoons kosher salt



1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



2 tablespoons lemon juice, or juice of 1 lemon



1/4 cup good red wine vinegar



1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil



1. Roughly chop the garlic and then add the oregano, salt and pepper. Chop the mixture together and use the side of a knife or a mortar and pestle to make a grainy herb paste.



2. Transfer the paste to a large salad bowl, and add the lemon juice and vinegar. Mix with a fork, allowing the salt to dissolve, then add the oil and whisk with a fork until well combined. The dressing should be thick with garlic and oregano.





Salad and assembly





1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained



1 red onion, peeled and sliced into fine rings



1/2 pound provolone, sliced 1/4 -inch thick then cut into 1/2 -inch ribbons



1/2 pound salami, peeled, sliced 1/4 -inch thick then cut into 1/2 -inch ribbons



4 medium or 8 small pickled pepperoncini, sliced into rings



3/4 pound cherry tomatoes



Sea salt



1 head iceberg lettuce, cored, and cut in ribbons 1/4 - to 1/2 -inch wide



1 head radicchio, cored and cut in ribbons 1/4 - to 1/2 -inch wide



2 tablespoons dried oregano for garnish (optional, preferably Sicilian or Turkish)



1. Gently fold the chickpeas, red onion, provolone, salami, pepperoncini (including seeds and juice) into the dressing, one at a time. Halve the tomatoes lengthwise and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Set aside until ready to serve.



2. When ready to serve, gently add the tomatoes, lettuce and radicchio to the salad bowl, along with a couple of generous pinches of oregano, and toss to combine with the dressing. Serve immediately.



Each serving: 490 calories; 23 grams protein; 25 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams fiber; 34 grams fat; 13 grams saturated fat; 56 mg. cholesterol; 2,285 mg. sodium.

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Sheila - posted on 05/02/2009

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In my household, we do not eat any meat on Mondays, so I look for different ways to eat vegetables and fruits...It is great because it forces us to rediscover veggies and fruits!! yum yum

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